HC Deb 13 February 1946 vol 419 cc117-8W
Mr. Teeling

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that the Educational Vocational Training Scheme is widely advertised in the R.A.F.; that in spite of this the Department of O.A.R. at Air Ministry, Bush House, N.E. Wing, have consistently re fused to allow the cadets or airmen there employed, nearly all of whom have applied, to have time off for this course; what are the reasons, and will he arrange to post away from that department those who wish to take advantage of the scheme.

Mr. Strachey

Most of the cadets in this branch are engaged on duties directly concerned with release. Attendance at E.V.T. courses, which, except for subjects outside the normal syllabus, can only be arranged during working hours, would involve a reduction in man hours which, in view of the existing pressure of work, cannot possibly be faced. These cadets have been chosen from among those whose homes are in or near London, but the Air Ministry would be prepared to consider any applications for posting to another Unit which could be effected without detriment to essential work.